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Shri Aurobindo Ashram

About the Place:

This ashram was founded by renowned freedom fighter Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa in the year 1926. It is a holy destination for many travelers who are seeking spirituality. Not only this, the ashram which is one of the most spiritual places to visit in Pondicherry, teaches different ways to make your mind calm and peaceful. Yoga and meditation is usual practice in Aurobindo ashram. If you need to do photography inside the ashram, you have to take the permission of authorities. Ashram also consists of a library which can only be entered after taking a gate pass.

Location:

The ashram is situated near the junction of Manakula Vinayagar, Kovil Street and Marine Street, White town, Pondicherry.

Best Time To Visit:

The ashram is open on all the days of the week. You can easily spend 1 to 2 hours in this peaceful place.

Timings:

The ashram remains open from 8 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm every day.

Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand:

Sri Aurobindo Ashram is situated at a distance of 2.6 km from the bus station which is a journey of 9 minutes.


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Rock Beach

About the Place

Rock beach is regarded as one of the most attractive sight-seeing places in Pondicherry. This beach is situated on the busy streets of Pondicherry. In the evening, a lot of activities take place on the beach which makes the place even more happening. It is surrounded by restaurants, art galleries, and the famous French war memorial is just 0.4 km away from the beach. In order to get a sunrise view, many people book a hotel near the rock beach. You will also find many food outlets located nearby. So you can spend your evening enjoying your favorite food and a scenic view.

Location

A beauty spot at the heart of the city, Rock beach is located in White Town, Pondicherry.

Best Time To Visit

It is a memorable moment when you see sunrise or sunset at the beach. Most people tend to visit the beach in evening or the early morning. You can give a refreshing start to your morning in midst of this serene spot.

Distance From Pondicherry Bus Stand

The Rock beach is situated at the distance of 2.7 km from Pondicherry bus stop. It might take just 10 minutes to cover this distance.


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Raj Niwas

The Raj Niwas building is constructed on the foundation of a hotel named Hotel De La Compagnie. This is the government house of the Pondicherry and is a blend of both Indian and French architecture. The previous name of this Raj Niwas is Palais du Government. The Raj Niwas isn’t open to public but it is one of the attractions in Pondicherry. Most of the people who went on a trip to Pondicherry will surely pay a visit to this Raj Niwas to enjoy the Indo-French architecture. The monolithic pillars, fountain are the biggest asset of this Raj Niwas. They enhance the look of the construction as well as add royalty too. The public can go into the Raj Niwas on some special days and occasions only.

Location:

White Town

Pondicherry 605001

Best Time To Visit:

The Best Time To Visit: Raj Niwas will be between 12 pm and 1:30 pm as you will be allowed into the house. The point to remember here is the passes are limited to 40 per day.

Timings

The Raj Niwas will be open between 12pm and 1:30 pm

Distance Between Pondicherry Bus stand and Raj Nivas

The distance from Pondicherry bus station to Raj Nivas is 2.6 kms which can be travelled in 4-5 mins.

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Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Pondicherry

Immaculate Conception Cathedral is also known as Samba Kovil. It is the mother cathedral church for all the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. The Immaculate Conception Cathedral present in Pondicherry is pretty much similar to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral present in France. The church was built in 1791 and still looks at its best. The lady holding the Jesus statue is present in the front of the church. Many people love the old charm that this church exerts and adore it. This is definitely one of the best places to visit in Pondicherry. This beautiful piece of architecture will leave you spellbound.

Location:

Mission St.

MG Road Area

Pondicherry 605001

Best Time To Visit:

Visit this church in between April to June.

Timings

Similar to other churches you can visit the church at any time and peace of mind is guaranteed.

Distance from Pondicherry Bus Stand to Immaculate Conception Cathedral

The distance from Pondicherry bus stand to Immaculate Conception Cathedral is 2.2 kms which takes 2-3 minutes to travel.


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Auroville Beach

About the Place:

This beach is situated at a distance of 12kms from the Pondicherry town. This destination is most popular among youngster and people who love swimming. You can find a plethora of people at the beach on weekends. You can find many hotels and restaurants along the beach. The morning scenes at the beach are too crowded as many people would love to walk around this calm and serene Location:, looking at the sunrise. The beach closes at 6:30 pm in evening. This is the most crowded street in Pondicherry.

Location:

The beach is situated at a distance of 12 km from the region of Pondicherry. It exactly lies in  Periyamudaliar, Chavadi, Tamilnadu.

Best Time To Visit:

The Best Time To Visit: this place is early morning as the environment at that time is calm and tranquil.

Timings :

The closing time for the beach is 6:30 pm.

Distance From the Pondicherry Bus Stand

This beach lies at a distance of 10.5 km from the union territory of Pondicherry. It would roughly take around 20 minutes to travel to the bus stand from this beach.


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Basilica Of the Sacred Heart Of Jesus, Pondicherry

About the Place:

This church, one among the 21 basilicas in India, is a famous pilgrimage for roman catholic Christians and considered one of the best places to visit in Pondicherry.It was built in 1908 by French missionaries. The sacred heart Basilica, a 100- years- old structure represents gothic architecture. It is 50 meters long, 48 meters wide and 18 meters high. Inside the church, there are 28 glass paintings which are a depiction of the life of Christ and saints of the church. The church has a huge area on the exterior too.

Location:

The church is located on the south boulevard of Pondicherry. Its address is 132, Subbaiah salai, Pondicherry, 605001.

Best Time To Visit:

This sacred abode of Jesus remains open throughout the year. People visit the church in masses during the Christmas festival. Though there is no specific time of the month to visit, a large number of outsiders can be seen here during winters considering the climatic condition of Pondicherry.

Timings:

Monday-Saturday: 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Sunday: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Distance From Pondicherry Bust-Stand

The church is situated 2.5 Km away from Pondicherry bus stand towards south boulevard.


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Botanical Garden

This is one of the most beautiful as well as interesting places in Pondicherry. The botanical garden was built by the colonists of French and gives perfect knowledge and information that is required. The park is the representation of French architecture. It is the best place to get educated as well as have some recreation. The garden was built in 1826 in a complete French style and is spread out in 22 acres of land. People can witness nearly 1500 different species of plants here. All the plants have placards that give the complete information of the plants. The garden is comprised of six attractive fountains, one dancing fountain, Japanese rock, kids train, ornamental fishes in an aquarium and many more.

Location::

Marimalai Adigal Salai

Near Anna Statue

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Pondicherry-605001

Best Time To Visit:

There is no Best Time To Visit: botanical gardens. You can visit anytime during the visiting hours.

Timings:

The botanical garden is open from 10 AM in the morning to 7 PM in the evening daily.

Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to Botanical Gardens

The distance between Pondicherry bus stand and botanical gardens is 1km and it takes nearly 2-3 minutes to travel.


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French Soldiers Memorial (War Memorial)

The French soldiers memorial is constructed in order to honor the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country in World War I. The war memorial was constructed in 1970 and is one of the best attractions in Pondicherry. The memorial is decorated beautifully on 14th July of every year and is celebrated as Bastille Day. The people from complete Pondicherry and remaining other places visit this war memorial and respect the soldiers in the form of homage. The war memorial is smaller in size and doesn’t take much time to take a trip around it. The memorial itself has a good and positive vibe which make many people from in and around Pondicherry to visit it.

Location:

White Town

Pondicherry 605001

Best Time To Visit:

The Best Time To Visit: this war memorial is in the morning. You can enjoy the nature as well as spend some pleasant time in this place.

Timings

The French Soldiers memorial is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Distance from Pondicherry Bus stand to French Memorial

The distance from Pondicherry bus stand to French memorial is 3.5 km which take 2-3 minutes to travel.


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Traveller Tales from Pondicherry

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Pratyush dayal

11 October 2019

"One of the best experience of my life even though my ears are still blocked due to high pressure but the overall xperience was just awesome. Best Instructors provided to us. Not only they are good in...

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Aditya Sawant

11 September 2019

"Great tour, and on time start and completion, covered more than what was in the itinerary and never felt hurried. Thanks to shabbeer and thrillophilia for making the day memorable... "

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animesh mukharjee

21 August 2019

"The facility was good. the best part was that there were only two of us. instructors were friendly and extremely helpful. only problem is that you can't be sure of under water visibility in Pondicherr...

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Bhanukiran Paravastu

26 June 2019

This was my first scuba diving experience, and it was just awesome. I have no words to express my happiness here. All credits goes to the instructor Mike and Khushboo and other team members, they very ...

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Noah Nayfeld

23 July 2019

"Really nice and complete tourist tour of Pondichéry. \n\nWe booked for 2 just the night before! The service is very reactive. The car was comfy and with A/C. The driver was on time and flexible. He sh...

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Bijou Kurien

30 October 2019

Prashant or Pepe as he prefers to be called, was on the dot when we started the Monument Walk tour at 7am. He gave us a thorough low-down on the history of the city and showed us the various symbols wh...

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Komal Chandak

14 October 2019

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Gokul M

26 September 2019

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Suriyah

16 September 2019

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What You Should Know More About Pondicherry

  • Q. What are the different things and activities to do in Pondicherry?

    You will be surprised by the array of activities to do in Pondicherry, wanting you to extend your trip a bit more, Below mentioned are some of the best things to do in Pondicherry

    Scuba Diving
    - Surfing at Serenity Beach
    - Visit Auroville
    - Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram
    - Explore Rock Beach
    - Visit Pondicherry Museum
    - Water activities at Karaikal beach

  • Q. Which are the famous sightseeing places in Pondicherry?

    Here are some of the best places to visit in Pondicherry:

    1. Paradise Beach
    2. Auroville
    3. Rock Beach
    4. Old Lighthouse
    5. Sri Aurobindo Ashram
    6. Raj Niwas
    7. French War Memorial
    8. Mahatma Gandhi Statue

  • Q. Which are the famous beaches in Pondicherry?

    Here are some of the top beaches in Pondicherry:

    1. Promenade Beach
    2. Serenity Beach
    3. Mahe Beach
    4. Auroville Beach
    5. Paradise Beach
    6. Reppo Beach

  • Q. Which are the best resorts to stay in Pondicherry?

    Being a popular tourist destination, there are numerous stunning resorts in Pondicherry. a popular tourist destination. However, there are some that are a class above the rest and cater effortlessly to today’s discerning traveller. Have a look.

    1. Gate House
    2. La Maison Tamoule
    3. CGH Earth Hotel Maison Perumal
    4. LeDupleix
    5. Hotel Du Parc

  • Q. Which are the best beach resorts to stay in Pondicherry?

    Holidaying in a coastal city like Pondicherry provides numerous opportunities for beach fun. If you love the sound of the sea and can’t be bothered travelling a ways to get to the beach, stay at a beach resort. Here are 4 of the best beach resorts in Pondicherry

    - Kailash Beach Resort
    - Asokam Beach Resort
    - Beach View Resort
    - The Ashok Beach Resort

  • Q. Our Recommendation: What You Can’t Afford to Miss?

    Beaches
    You can visit 9 beaches in Pondy. Quiet beach in Pondicherry is a calm and a serene location. It is located 8 kilometers from this place and provides you tranquility. The Karaikal beach is a decent hangout for friends and family, where you can play water sports and enjoy the sunrise. Mahe beach has beautiful palms on the coastline and white sands. Promenade beach is great for walking and strolling. You can live in the boat house and enjoy kayaking in Paradise beach. You can also visit the Serenity beach, reppo beach, and Auroville beach for a peaceful time.

    Culture and heritage centers
    You can visit many places of religion like, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus church, Chidambaram temple, and many other temples dedicated to Ganesha and Lord Vishnu. You can also visit the Anglo-French textile mills, Pondicherry museum, and memorials to get a taste of French and Roman culture. 

    Parks and Aquariums
    Botanical gardens provide vibrant species of plants, herbs, and flowers. This is a place not to be missed by nature lovers. You can also visit the Bharathi Park and Keezhoor Park for sightseeing. 

    Auroville
    This is one of the best places to visit in Pondy. You can visit the ashram, Matrimandir, and spend a day here in meditation and take courses in cooking, ayurvedic medicine, yoga, and other wellness programs. You can also enjoy street shopping in Auroville and bring home artistic artifacts.

  • Q. What would you like there?

    French style architect
    You will enjoy the French culture and the global cuisine, wine, and continental food when in Pondy. You can relish on these dishes and enjoy the local cuisine as well when you visit this place.

    Tranquility and nature
    For those who love to live their lives in calm and serene atmosphere, this is the right place to be. Not too popular for nightlife, you can visit this place for experiencing global culture and scenic habitat.

    Yoga and outdoor sports
    You can learn yoga and meditation while in Pondy. For people who are spiritually inclined as well as those who want to take a course in scuba diving and other water sports, this is the best place to be.
    Shopping sprees
    You will not find luxurious malls in Pondicherry, but it has always been popular for street shopping. The local bazaars are stocked with artistic handicrafts, showpieces, clothes, jewelry, incense, candles, and more home décor items. 

    Food and nightlife
    Though, you will not find the nightlife Ibiza style, it is good enough to satiate your recreational needs. The food is something people love about Pondy. Your platter of steak and wine, dressed in French style and more can give you mouth watering moments. 

  • Q. Drinking Laws

    The legal age for drinking is above 18 years in this autonomous Union territory, Pondicherry. You cannot carry liquor from Pondicherry to any other state. 

  • Q. Tipping

    You can give a tip of 10% of the bill, as this is also followed as a standard tipping etiquette in Pondicherry restaurants. For porters, you can give a tip of 20 to 25 INR per bag. Auto drivers are also likely to ask you a tip if you are travelling long distances.


  • Q. When is the best time to visit Pondicherry?

    The best time to visit Pondicherry is from October to February. This is the winter time when temperatures range between 22 degree celsius to 32 degree celsius.

    Summers: One can also visit during summers if he/she does not mind some sun. During this time, the temperatures range from 26 degree celsius to 42 degree celsius.

    Monsoons: Monsoons can be a little unpredictable but it adds to the natural beauty of the place. Temperature ranges from 25 degree celsius to 35 degree celsius during these months.

  • Q. How to reach Pondicherry?

    Pondicherry is well connected by Road, Rail and Air.

    By Air
    Pondicherry has a Domestic airport that is well connected to Bengaluru through regular flights. Also for international travellers, one can travel to Chennai and Trichy and travel onwards to Pondicherry which is a few hours from either places by road besides flying in from Bengaluru.

    By Rail
    Nearest station to Pondicherry is Villupuram. The station is linked to major cities such as New Delhi, Kolkata, Mangalore, Mumbai, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Bengaluru. Nagarcoli Express and Pondicherry Express are two of the most popular trains travelling to Pondicherry.

    By Road 
    Pondicherry is well connected by road with cities like Chennai and Bengaluru. One can take an overnight bus to reach the destination by road or book a taxi to the destination from Chennai or Bengaluru.

  • Q. Which are best places to stay near Pondicherry Airport?

    If you have an early flight home, it makes sense to stay close to Pondicherry Airport. There are several good hotels you can choose from that are located about 15-20 drive away. Take your pick from these 5 popular choices –

    - Hotel Atithi
    - Shenbaga Hotel & Convention Centre
    - Hotel Bon Sejour
    - Ginger Hotel
    - Hotel Annamalai International

  • Q. Which are the best homestays in Pondicherry?

    Get up close and personal with Pondicherry’s culture and make new connections with locals by opting for a homestay. Tastefully decorated with a homely feel, these 5 options are among the most popular.

    - Gratitude Heritage
    - Les Hibiscus
    - Nila Home Stay
    - Dumas Guest House
    - Vatika Guest Home

  • Q. What are the best romantic resorts in Pondicherry for couples?

    Couples looking to get away from it all and spend time in each other’s company will find terrific romantic resorts in Pondicherry. French colonial architecture with hints of Indian elements and unmatched hospitality and service await you at these charming resorts:

    - Palais de Mahe
    - Villa Shanti
    - La Villa Pondicherry
    - Grand Serenaa Hotel & Resorts

  • Q. Which are the best budget stays in Pondicherry?

    Go easy on your wallet without sacrificing comfort with budget stays in Pondicherry. Strategically located and featuring modern conveniences, they’ll help make your stay in the city unforgettable.

    - Hotel Ram International
    - Hotel Coromandel Heritage
    - Hotel Green Palace
    - Ramana Residency
    - Vedanta Wake Up! - Auroville Beach

  • Q. Which are the best hubs for shopping in Pondicherry?

    Pondicherry offers a range of items that tourists would love to take back with them besides of course unforgettable memories. A few places for every shopper are:

    - Casablanca
    - Muthu Silk Plaza
    - Mission Street
    - Serenity Beach Bazaar

  • Q. What is the best local cuisine out here? Where can I get to try it out?

    Pondicherry is famous for its French, Italian and South Indian delicacies. One should definitely try the bakery products on Baker’s street, try the Chettinad chicken at Appachi and pizza at Tanto Pizerria. A few other important eating joints where one can find local cuisine are:

    - Cafe des Arts
    - Le Cafe
    - Cafe Artrika
    - Carte Blanche at De’Lorient
    - La Maison Rose

  • Q. Which are the famous spiritual centers in Pondicherry?

    Pondicherry is famous for its spiritual centres which attract people from the world over. Few of the most famous centres are:

    - Shri Aurobindo Ashram
    - Auroville
    - Manakula Vinayagar Temple
    - Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

  • Q. Where can one enjoy boating in Pondicherry?

    One can enjoy boating in the Chunnambar boathouse.

  • Q. Which are the best beaches for surfing in Pondicherry?

    Pondicherry sees a lot of tourists surfing on its picturesque beaches. Few of the popular beaches for surfing are:

    - Serenity Beach
    - Auroville Beach

  • Q. Where can i enjoy Kayaking in Pondicherry?

    The most popular kayaking destination in Pondicherry is Karaikal beach. Kayaking and Canoeing is a much popular water sport there.

  • Q. Where can i enjoy scuba diving in Pondicherry?

    Scuba Diving is one of a kind experience. It opens one up to the marvels of the underwater world. The coral reefs and mosaic of different coloured fishes makes the visual experience almost surreal. It is definitely a high priority activity for any tourist who intends to make the trip to Pondicherry worth every penny. The most famous Scuba Diving spots in Pondicherry are:

    - Temple Reef
    - 4 corners
    - Coral Shark Reef
    - Ravines
    - Aravind’s Wall
    - Padi Dive Center
    - The Hole